About Jessie Daniels

Jessie Daniels is the author of two books White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), both dealing with race and various forms of media. She is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and dozens of conference presentations dealing with race, gender, sexuality and new media.

White Women and U.S. Slavery: Then and Now

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White Women Slavery — I find the American rush to forget, to distance ourselves from the legacy of slavery strikes me as peculiar.

Can Discrimination Make You Sick?

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Racism Illness — The anxiety people experience when they fear that they will be discriminated against impacts health.

(Miss) America’s Racism Problem

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Jessie Daniels: America still has a problem with racism. That much was glaringly apparent in the intense, vitriolic reaction to Nina Davuluri’s victory in the Miss America pageant, the first time a woman of Indian descent has won an event as quintessentially American as baseball and pumpkin pie.

Mapping Racism Through Digital Media

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Jessie Daniels: Following Obama’s re-election, white people who rooted for the other guy took to various forms of digital media and unleashed their disappointment. Some white folks went a good deal farther than disappointment into overt racism.

Art, Transnational Whiteness, and Racism

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Jessie Daniels: It’s the picture of the event – the cutting of the cake and the culture minister feeding the cake to the artist is really what created the big stir.

Kony 2012: Whiteness, Social Media and Africa

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Jessie Daniels: Kony 2012 is, then, an endorsement of the moral superiority of white values of reason, order, and now social media against the supposed chaos and violence of Africa.

Did Glenn Greenwald Play the Race Tweet?

Jessie Daniels: As the presidential politics begin to heat up, so do the racial politics in the Obama era, causing some white (supposedly) progressive writers to come somewhat unhinged.

Lynching Alive and Well in America

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Jessie Daniels: When I see the cheering from a crowd over people dying – dying by state-sponsored lethal injection or the slower death by neoliberalism from a lack of health care – it frankly makes me question how strong our collective political will might be for ending the death penalty.

Racism and the Norweigian Madman

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Jessie Daniels: Racism seems to be implicated in this story in two, very telling, ways: Breivik’s views and the initial news reports about the terror strikes.

Microaggressions and Stereotype Threat

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Jessie Daniels: Our prevailing mythology of meritocracy in the U.S. tells us that education is a path to achievement. To do provide that, we expect schools to be free from racism and provide an equal education to all.

Racism in K-12 Public Schools

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Jessie Daniels: The clever, sinister thing about institutional racism in education is that it operates relentlessly on its own, like a machine, even when people of good will want it to operate differently.

Black Women: Lighter Skin, Lighter Prison Sentence

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Jessie Daniels: Women deemed to have light skin are sentenced to approximately 12% less time behind bars than their darker skinned counterparts. Having light skin also reduces the actual time served by approximately 11%.

Is Redemption Possible for Alexandra Wallace?

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Jessie Daniels: I believe that redemption is possible for Alexandra Wallace, but it’s going to take more – much more – than an apology and calling this video a “mistake” and withdrawing from school as a victim.

Racism, Whiteness and the Health Disparities Industry

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Jessie Daniels: We need to begin to critically examine those who hold the most power and resources in society, that is at white people, for the ways that they contribute to and benefit from the inequality in health outcomes.

Race, Racism and Online News & Sports

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Jessie Daniels: Many news sites have abandoned the practice of allowing comments because of the proliferation of offensive comments, many of them racist.

Race, Racism and Online Housing

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Jessie Daniels: Do roommate matching sites facilitate racial discrimination in housing? if users on the sites engage in racial discrimination, what is the responsibility of the sites’ owners?

Race, Racism and Online Dating

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Jessie Daniels: Taken as a group, whites, women and older people were choosiest about sticking with others of their color. More than four of five whites contacted other whites, while just 3% reached out to blacks.

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Race, Racism & Social Networking Sites

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Jessie Daniels: There’s still a lot missing from our understanding of race, racism and SNS. One area that I expect will yield a lot of interesting research has to do with race, racism and Twitter.

Racist Groups Online and Off

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Jessie Daniels: The fact is hate groups are growing offline, in person, and face-to-face. The people in these groups then use the Internet to stay connected and reinforce their beliefs and connect with still others who share those beliefs.

Race, Digital Divides & Mobile Technology

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Jessie Daniels: It’s still way too early to know how these patterns might shift again, but it seems clear that early predictions about “digital divides” between technological “haves” and “have nots” – especially along stark racial lines – were overstating what the evidence suggested.

Race and Racism Online: What the Research Tells Us

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Jessie Daniels: Assumptions about the whiteness embedded in the infrastructure and design gets spoken when there are ruptures in that sameness, such as the introduction of an African-American-themed web browser, Blackbird.

Brisenia Flores: The Little Girl That You Don’t Know

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Jessie Daniels: Brisenia Flores was a 9-year-old girl murdered in Arizona by anti-immigrant vigilantes, yet her death – unlike that of the 9-year old killed last week in Arizona – is getting almost no attention in the U.S. mainstream media.

White Power, White Terrorism, White Mainstream

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Jessie Daniels: The white mainstream is already framing this shooting as the act of a crazed, lone gunman, rather than part of a consistent pattern of right-wing violence perpetrated almost exclusively by white men who are responding to a political climate that is increasingly stoked by vitriolic rhetoric.

Racism in Review, A Look Back and a Look Ahead

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Jessie Daniels: Amid all the racist flame throwing of 2010, politicians managed to achieve a bipartisan consensus when it came to one boogeyman. China-bashing profilerated on both sides of the aisle as candidates blamed the ascendant superpower for America’s economic woes

Mississippi Governor’s Remarks Reveal Much about White Racism

Jessie Daniels: This is classic white racism. Horrible years of grueling oppression? Ah, get over it. One of the white supremacist sites I looked at in Cyber Racism makes a similar argument about slavery – a supposedly ‘humane institution’ that slaves ‘loved and wanted to return to’ after emancipation.

European Racism vs. “Underground” Racism in the U.S.

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Jessie Daniels: While it’s true that it’s no longer ok to say the n-word in some mixed groups, there’s plenty of evidence that racism – even the crudest forms, and alongside some new forms – still abounds in the contemporary U.S. in plenty of above ground.

U.S. Native Prisoners of War

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Jessie Daniels: My father identified as Native American. In his view, Native Americans had it “much worse” than black Americans and still do. I argue that rather than trying to rank order oppression and which group “had it worse,” it’s important that we see these as connected.

Retired Supreme Court Justice: Capital Punishment ‘Shot Through with Racism’

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Jessie Daniels: This bold move against racism and the death penalty by a retired Supreme Court Justice is good news for those concerned with the injustice of capital punishment.

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